Layered Jewel Tones

We are definitely getting winter over here on the east coast, which has meant lots of layering for me. Now I love layering with patterns, but I also love layering with colors. Layering is such a great way to experiment with different color combinations or add a little something extra to an otherwise quiet outfit.

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Mixing Patterns with Tartan

Pattern mixing has always been one of my favorite things so it seemed like the perfect way to start off the new year and the new blog! First of all, let me say how excited I am about the new blog here and all of the exciting things I have planned for 2018. If you are not already signed-up for our newsletter, make sure to sign-up on the right. The newsletter will go out once a week with sneak peaks of upcoming content, exclusive details and style ideas, plus other exciting things you won’t see on the blog.

OK, now back to the important stuff, clothes! I feel like pattern mixing has this stigma of being really difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! Especially this time of year, you can easily mix two patterns and then tone it down with the rest of your  layers. Layering in general makes pattern mixing super easy because you have more options. So, if you are going to start pattern mixing, why not start now?

With an outfit like this, the plain jacket is what pulls the entire look together. So when you are trying to figure out what to wear, also take into consideration your non-patterned layers. These are what will help tone everything down while also connecting all of the pieces.

This skirt is one of my favorite pieces because it is tartan plaid, which I love. It also has navy and black in it so you can wear it with basically anything. As much as I love it though, it sadly doesn’t really fit me anymore. So I will be posting it on my ebay page later this week!

For those of you who don’t know, I am working on opening an online consignment store, but in the meantime, I have started posting early inventory on my ebay page. The things I am posting are not old or damaged in any way. They are just things I love, but no longer wear. So make sure to check it out and stay tuned for updates on the consignment store!  Until next time…


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A New Beginning

A new year is basically a clean slate. You can start over on a project, try and pick up a habit, change something in your life, really anything you want and it is an easier marker to use. I try and be one of those people where it doesn’t matter what day you start something new, as long as you start it. But today, everything seemed to fall into place and it was the perfect time to launch the new and improved Lefty Living Life.

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Making Summery Pink Work for Winter

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and if you had any snow, like us, you were able to enjoy it. With my current jobs, I have to be working professional everyday, although I can be pretty creative with colors and accessories. With that said though, I don’t have the space or the money to have a completely separate wardrobe for each season. So I have to make pieces work for multiple seasons. I really don’t mind this though because I get to wear my favorite pieces year round and it encourages me to be very creative with my wardrobe.

This skirt for example, is one of my favorite summer skirts. It is my favorite color and the cut is so cute! I definitely didn’t want to give it up for winter and thankfully I haven’t had to. Throw on a button-down and tights and it looks just as cute as it does with a blouse in the summer. Everyone always asks me with outfits like this how I came up with it. And the honest answer is a lot of it is chance. With this outfit, I had the skirt, shoes, and top all set. But I was still freezing so I just started trying on different sweaters and this one turned out to be perfect. Sometimes you really don’t know how things will look together until you try it! Until next time,

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How to…Statement Coats

As someone who is always cold, it is vital for me to have warm winter coats to wear. However, I also always want to look cute and if I don’t like my jacket, I won’t wear it. This winter, statement coats have become my go-to. Here are my three favorite winter coats and some tips on how I like to wear them.


My favorite coat of the season thus far is definitely my cheetah print coat. I was a little hesitant to buy it, but I loved it so much that I just went for it. This much print and faux fur is a little bold, even for me, but it has been surprisingly easy to integrate this fabulous piece into my wardrobe. I especially like wearing it with dark neutrals and a bold lip. I love anything furry because it makes a bold statement while also keeping you warm. If you aren’t quite up to this level of fur, try a fur vest or a piece that has a little bit of fur on it. Then you can slowly start adding it into your wardrobe.

If fur isn’t your cup of tea, not to worry. There are lots of other ways to make a statement with your coat. A classic style in a bold color is one of those ways. It is easy to throw over any outfit and will add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit. Of course I went with pink (is anyone really surprised?) but you could just as easily do blue, red, or green. Really anything to give your wardrobe a break from black. Even a white coat is fabulous because it will immediately elevate your outfit and help you rock that winter white trend!

If color and texture aren’t your thing, then go for a black puffer jacket. It will keep you incredibly warm and you can find ones with nice details. I love the gold hardware on this one and the belt. I’m always afraid I look like the Michelin man when I wear a puffer but this one is cut pretty slim and it is longer so it’s not just my torso that is puffy. Plus, the belt adds a cute girly detail and helps me cinch the coat in at the waist so I look more like a person than a donut. Somehow, even though it’s black, this puffer coat still makes a statement and is the perfect coat for winter. Until next time, stay warm!

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The Perfect Tartan Piece

Do you ever have that feeling when you are in a store? When you just see something and know it will look wonderful on you and you basically fall in love immediately? That is typically how I am when I shop. I know what will look good on me and I am immediately drawn to certain things when I walk in a store. I live firmly under the philosophy that if I don’t absolutely love it in the store, I will not grow to love it over time.

This dress was no exception. I saw it and fell in love. Fell in love in the type of way that I wanted it right then. Outfit ideas were already formulating in my mind and I was already obsessed. Thankfully, they had my size and the tartan colors worked perfectly with my coloring.

Finding that perfect outfit piece can be very difficult, but the key is stick to your gut. Walk into a store and see what speaks to you. I know that is cliche but most of the time, your natural instincts will know where to direct you. Until next time,

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Girly Dress Pants

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2017, OOTD, winter, button-down, dress pants, girly, J.Crew, lace, pearls,

2017, OOTD, winter, button-down, dress pants, girly, J.Crew, lace, pearls,

2017, OOTD, winter, button-down, dress pants, girly, J.Crew, lace, pearls,

I know I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, but they typically aren’t my go-to. I love skirts and dresses, but I normally gravitate towards pants. Since entering the work-force, I’ve started to wear pants less and less because I find that dress pants are not always very flattering for me. However, I have just recently found these pants as well as another pair that I’ve just added to my wardrobe. They are high-waisted and a little cropped, but they hit at just the right place for me. I love that they are lace because it gives them a girly detail that I am always looking for in an outfit. A white button-down with some interesting details and a girly but oversized cardigan were the perfect accompaniments. Now I still felt like I needed to wear heels just so I didn’t feel stumpy, but I love any excuse to wear heels.

Do you guys ever have trouble finding dress pants? I feel like so many dress pants these days are made for super skinny, athletic built women so if you have hips at all, you are basically out of luck. These, while they do accentuate my hips, do so in a flattering way and I didn’t feel constricted wearing them. What do y’all think?

Also, check out my art blog to read a little bit more about my New York trip two weeks ago!

Until next time…

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Brighten Up Blue with Hot Pink

Blue and winter white are a fabulous combination. It just feels like snow and winter. However, whenever I wear it, I feel a little dull. Of course, whenever I want to add a little fun to an outfit, pink is my go-to. I just picked up this coat from J.Crew Factory (and it is on sale plus there are some other fabulous coats on their website) and it has been the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe. I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried when I first got it that I had gone too far. A hot pink coat? Maybe it was a little much even for me. But now that I have had the chance to wear it a little, I must say, my new go-to piece is a statement coat. It takes any outfit to the next level and keeps you feeling cute and fabulous even when you are bundled up. Stay tuned later this week for some of my favorite statement coats of the season! Until next time…

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Fall-Colored Layers

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2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was good, very busy, but good. Right now, I am obsessed with layering so I can stay cozy whenever I go outside. My immediate tendency is go to all neutral layers, but I’ve been trying to experiment with different colors throughout my outfits. My favorite look right now is fall colors, especially burgundy. Normally I pair pink with all of my burgundy, but this time, I tried something a little different and I love these yellow stripes. It just feels so appropriate for this time of year and was the perfect outfit for this holiday weekend. I hope y’all enjoyed this time with your family and friends and got some great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday…I know I sure did!

In other exciting news, Lefty Living Life is getting a huge facelift over the next week so stay tuned for a whole new layout and an exciting new direction in December!

Until next time,

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Knits and Sequins

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2017, winter, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, sequins, cocktail party,

2017, winter, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, sequins, cocktail party,

2017, winter, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, sequins, cocktail party,

2017, winter, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, sequins, cocktail party,

2017, winter, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, sequins, cocktail party,
As we all know from this post and others, I love my sequins. Whenever any one asks, I always describe my style as classic with a feminine touch and sequins always add that extra touch that my otherwise classic pieces need. Recently I’ve been loving my sequined skirts and pairing them with big, chunky knits. The juxtaposition in style and texture is so fun and gives my sequined pieces a new, fun twist. 
I’ve been obsessed with this sequined pencil skirt since I got it, but I’ve had a little trouble transitioning it into my every day wardrobe. However, now that it is holiday season, this skirt is perfect for all of my holiday parties and other events. Dress is up with a nice top or give it a cozy edge with a big sweater like this. Either way, I’m in love and you don’t have to worry about accessories when you have a fab skirt like this! Even though the sweater tones the look down a little, it is still appropriate for any event you have and the skirt is on mega sale right now, so much so that you will probably only be able to find it in stores at J.Crew! How would you integrate sequins into your wardrobe? I would love to hear your thoughts and maybe I can experiment for both of us! Until next time…

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